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2012
Jul
18
 
 
...there was  Bill Moyers. If the idea of journalism as a critical part of democracy is important to you, the HBO series The Newsroom, and the Jeff Daniels character Will McAvoy, are going deep into that subject each week. And Bill Moyers has been doing it for real, for decades...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
16
 
 
OK, so we're finally off to a new season of Breaking Bad. And it's been a verrry good start.  For as much enjoyment that we get out of the show, here's something to remind us that the cast might be enjoying it more...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
13
 
 
The Season Five premiere of Breaking Bad is on Sunday, July 15 at 10 .p.m. ET. It's time for former high school chemistry teacher-turned-crime lord Walter White to burst back onto the screen, and indeed, he does just that...with a vengence...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
11
 
 
Rod Serling just might be the blue print for the Don Draper character; combat veteran, thin, smoking, intense, articulate -- a rapid-fire machine of literary acumen. Here's the full 20 minute interview he gave Mike Wallace in 1959, coutesy of PBS/American Masters...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
8
 
 
Romance novels have maybe never been more popular; and as the upcoming PBS documentary points out, one is sold about every four seconds around the world. it unmasks the forces shaping this large part of the publishing industry, but it's also a humourous and touching look at ordinary readers...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
5
 
 
We're well into summer even though we haven't reached the dog days yet. Or have we? Sunny days usually means road trips -- and no riders are more jazzed about cruising with the windows down and a great song on the radio and the than the four-legged kind...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
29
 
 
TV and movies are still trying to recreate the screwball mayhem unleashed 70 years ago by writer-director-producer auteur Preston Sturges. This Saturday, Turner Classic Movies shows us why, piling up six Sturges flicks, starting at 8 p.m. ET...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
27
 
 
Some people have interpreted this intensely edited video, excerpting and compiling recycled lines and bits of stage business from Aaron Sorkin’s various TV shows and movies, as a critical attack on the writer’s propensity for repeating himself. But I sense as much love and affection here as anything else...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
19
 
 
Aaron Sorkin’s first TV series was ABC’s Sports Night, followed by NBC’s The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He’s back on NBC Thursday, but only for a few minutes – profiled by Savannah Guthrie for a segment on Rock Center...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
16
 
 
Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana have produced a couple of memorable television series together, Homicide: Life on the Street and Oz. (You can add Diner, Rain Man and Bugsy to Levinson's credits, and St. Elsewhere to Fontana's.) The two are at it again with Copper, a period piece set in the notorious Five Corners of Civil War-era New York City. Premiering on Sunday, August 19, 9 p.m. ET, the crime-drama will be the first sole-produced series for BBC America...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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